Creatures (company)

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Creatures Inc.
Industry Video games
Founded March 1989 (as Ape Inc.) November 8, 1995; 22 years ago (1995-11-08) (as Creatures Inc)
Headquarters Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Tsunekazu Ishihara
Hirokazu Tanaka
Products Various video game titles
Number of employees
110 (2017)

Creatures Inc. (株式会社クリーチャーズ, Kabushiki-gaisha Kurīchāzu) is a Japanese video game development company affiliated with The Pokémon Company.[1] It was founded by Tsunekazu Ishihara in November 1995, with the assistance of Nintendo's Satoru Iwata,[2] as a successor to Shigesato Itoi's company Ape Inc.[3] It is well known for producing Pokémon trading cards and toys, as well as developing many video games. Its current president is Hirokazu Tanaka, who was previously known for producing and composing various other Nintendo games. The company has its headquarters in Chiyoda, Tokyo,[1] in proximity to the Ichigaya Station.[4]


Ape Inc. was founded in March 1989 and Shigesato Itoi became its chief executive officer. Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi had wanted to support new talent in game design. Liking Itoi's work, he proposed the idea of the company to Itoi and invested in it. Ape's staff included Tsunekazu Ishihara, who later became the Pokémon Company's CEO, and Ashura Benimaru Itoh, a renowned illustrator. They began work on Mother, which released in July. Its music was composed by Hip Tanaka, who later became the second CEO of Creatures.[5] The team continued with work on Mother 2. When the project began to falter, Satoru Iwata of HAL Laboratory was brought in to help the project. The game was released in August 1994 and the Ape team dismantled in 1995.

Creatures, Inc. was established on November 8, 1995 under CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara and former staff from Ape.[5]

Previously Creatures had its headquarters on the 7th floor of the Nintendo Kanda Building (任天堂神田ビル, Nintendō Kanda Biru) in Sudachō, Chiyoda, Tokyo.[6] At a later point it was headquartered in the fifth floor annex of the Kawasakiteitoku Building (川崎定徳ビル, kawasakiteitoku Biru) in Nihonbashi, Chūō, Tokyo.[7] Creatures are also well known for making Pokémon card games and toys for the Pokémon Franchise.[8]

List of games developed[edit]

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

  • Machop at Work (2001) E-reader
  • Kingler's Day (2001) E-reader
  • Nonono Puzzle Chalien (2004)
  • Pokémon Emerald (2004)
  • Mother 3 (2006, Japan only)

Nintendo DS[edit]


Nintendo 3DS[edit]


  1. ^ a b "会社概要". Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Iwata Asks". Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  3. ^ "スペシャル対談/後編1・田尻さんと石原さんの6年". 任天堂マガジン表紙(No.23). Nintendo. July 2007. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Access Map Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.." (Direct image link Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.) Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  5. ^ a b "Quick History of the MOTHER Series". 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Creatures Welcome Page." Creatures Inc. 2000-03-02. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "千代田区神田須田町1–22任天堂神田ビル7F"
  7. ^ "Welcome to Creatures Inc." Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "東京都中央区日本橋3-2-5川崎定徳ビル別館5F."
  8. ^ "Creatures Pokémon game cards and toys." Creatures Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-04. "ポケモンカードゲームXY スーパーレジェンドデッキ60「ゼルネアスEX・イベルタルEX」2014.11.14"
  9. ^ (in Japanese)

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